Monrovia, August 19, 2019 –UN Resident Coordinator to Liberia Bids Farewell to The Liberia Land Authority

The Liberia Land Authority (LLA) on August 7, 2019 paid tribute to the out-going United Nations Resident Coordinator to Liberia, Mr. Yacoub El Hillo.

Speaking at the farewell ceremony organized by the Board of Commissioners of the Liberia Land Authority, Hon. Atty. J. Adams Manobah, Acting Chairman, LLA, praised the out-going UN Resident Coordinator for his role played in Liberia, particularly during the passage of the Land Rights Act (LRA).

Atty. Manobah, further acknowledged the great work and legacy Mr. Hillo leaves behind. He said the farewell ceremony organized by the Liberia Land Authority does not only demonstrate Mr. El Hillo’s countless efforts within the UN System but also his commitment and dedicated services rendered to the people of Liberia, especially to the Liberia Land Authority (LLA) during his tenure in Liberia.

He further recounted the many efforts made by Mr. Yacoub El Hillo towards the establishment of the Liberia Land Authority (LLA).

He said, “I still remember the struggle we went through and his encouraging words along the road that led to the passage and signing of the Land Rights Act, hence such great effort will always be remembered”. Atty. Manobah stated.

Furthermore, the Acting Chairman made mention of Mr. El Hillo’s support and role played during the period of the confirmation hearings of the LLA commissioners, terming it as commendable.

He said, “the LLA family will deeply remember you, thus, we hope that you will continue to answer our calls whenever the need arises.” He expressed the hope that the Liberia Land Authority will work collectively with the new UN Resident Coordinator to Liberia to enhance the work of the Land Authority.

In closing, Atty. Manobah, used the occasion to thank and appreciate Mr. Yacoub El Hillo and Ms. Christiana Solomon, of the UN Country Office on behalf of the Board of Commissioners, Directors and Staffs of the LLA for their numerous services rendered to Liberia.

In her part, Hon. Ellen O. Pratt, Commissioner of Land Use and Management, LLA, presented the gown on behalf of the Board of Commissioners and Staffs of the LLA. During the presentation, Hon. Pratt thanked and appreciated Mr. Yacoub El Hillo and Ms. Christiana Solomon for their countless support to the land sector. She said the gown demonstrates the symbol of gratitude expressed by Board of Commissioners and staff of the LLA.

In his remarks, Mr. Yacoub El Hillo, firstly expressed his deep gratitude to the Board of Commissioners and staff of the Liberia Land Authority for the gift (gown). He said, “The United Nations family has been a great help to the Land Authority and will continue to be of great help even after his departure from Liberia”.

He further said the Land Authority has under its mandate the country’s second most important asset (land). He said the Land Authority is in a position that matters so much to the nation, therefore, the responsibility upon the LLA is huge.

He also used the occasion to reaffirm the UN support to the Land Authority. Mr. Yacoub El Hillo, observed that the country has now moved from being a recipient of peacekeepers to a donor country of peacekeepers.

He said the Land Authority will continue to remain key to the UN. Mr. Hillo further praised the Acting Chairman, Atty. J. Adams Manobah, Sr. for his hard work since the departure of the former Chairman.

He said it is his hope that the current leadership of the Land Authority remain committed to its mission in the implementation of the Land Rights Act (LRA).

Furthermore, Mr. Yacoub El Hillo used the occasion to encourage the Land Authority to work with other government institutions so as to implement the LRA. He observed that most of the power is situated in the capital, therefore, the implementation of the LRA should be focused in the rural areas/counties. He reaffirmed the UN commitment to working with LLA towards the implementation of the LRA.

Mr. Yacoub El Hillo is being assigned as deputy UN Representative to Libya where he will also serve as National Resident Coordinator & Humanitarian Coordinator.

 

Reported By: Emmanuel Chedeh Davis